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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-27-2007, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Gladys was pregnant AGAIN!

I say that Gladys was pregnant because she got spayed yesterday. The clinic didn't tell me until I picked her up after the procedure. Actually, they only "told" me via an extra charge on the bill. I'm not upset exactly -- I probably would have had them do it anyway, so it saved me from making a painful decision -- but I'm disappointed in them. I couldn't even get information about how many kittens were there or how far along they were.

I was also caught off guard by the pregnancy, because a week after we caught her, a different vet told me she was in heat. I thought that meant we were safe. How long after the first kitten is conceived can they keep making kittens? Since the whole litter is born at one time, wouldn't some of them be premature?

This was her third pregnancy since Christmas. Gladys has been one busy lady.
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Oh, I'm so sorry, JG. The vet should have called you before proceeding.




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Thanks for your thoughts, Jeanie. She's doing fine, at least.

Based on the age of her current kitten and the time she's been in captivity, I believe that the new kittens must have been gestating somewhere between three and seven weeks. She does look noticably thinner now, and I got a rare look at her belly yesterday and saw that her nipples were really protrouding, so she might have been pretty far along.

I read that queens can stay in a single heat cycle for up to three weeks, although one week is average. I guess that's why litters have runts, and/or why some kittens don't make it? Because they have less time to develop in the womb?
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The length of the heat depends partly on whether the female was bred. If she doesn't breed, she can stay in heat for a long time! You're right, though. Some kittens are older than others, but not much.




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I just wanted to say that I am sorry the vet didn't notify you, it must have been quite a shock.


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I have one vet that did alot of my ferals and he did not tell me 2 were carrying untill after the spay. I guess they figure if the cats can be spayed then they do it.

I think if she was farlong they should tell you though. But at least she is not giving birth somewhere unknown.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-28-2007, 06:31 PM
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when my female escaped and came back i knew she was preg i took her to the vet for something and they wanted to spay her i couldn't do it so i let her have the kittens than got her spayed i know there are so many cats needing homes but i could bring my self to do it.
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I believe spaying and neutering pets is essential, but once life has started I could not end it. It's sacred and precious. That decision carries responsibilities with it, of coursel




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I know we've talked about this before on this forum, and I seem to be one of the minority who would be willing to knowingly spay while pregnant -- at least in theory, since I've never had to make that choice, and only if it were early on in the pregnancy.

It's not that I wouldn't want the kittens to live, or that I don't also think that their lives are precious. But I also know that there's only a finite number of homes out there for all the cats who are already living. Every kitten born and adopted means that another cat or kitten somewhere is going to miss out on a chance at a home, with a high probability of being put to sleep.

I'm really sorry for those kittens, and that they didn't get their own chance at life. But at least they didn't know what was going on or what they were missing. And I believe that because of it, somewhere else, there are a few other already-born cats who will have a chance now.

That's why I said that if I had known, I probably would have had them do it anyway, at least if it were early on. Even though I would have felt awful about it.

But no matter how you feel about it, I think we all agree that vets should tell you before they do it. They shouldn't presume to make the decision for you.
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I respect your opinion, Jet, and I don't think you're in the minority. On the contrary, I believe I am.




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